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Grateful Dead Live at Lakeland Civic Center on 1977-05-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Lakeland Civic Center on 1977-05-21

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This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks, Vol. 29

Bertha, Me & My Uncle, They Love Each Other, Cassidy, Jack A Roe, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, New Minglewood Blues, Row Jimmy, Passenger, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain Samson & Delilah, Brown Eyed Women, Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Drums-> The Other One-> Comes A Time-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Saint Stephen-> One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Lakeland Civic Center
Location Lakeland, FL

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD>reel>DAT>CD-R


SBD>reel>DAT>CD-R; TFBT Tree #5;
via D. Boyles; (reportedly there may be 2 different .shn versions
of this in circulation, 12/99?


Reviewer: duckweed - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2017
Subject: Oh My Gawd!!!
These feckers got their moneys worth!
seriously this ones good
Reviewer: Cwadephoto - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2017
Subject: Great set!
May 77, what can you say. This has to be my favorite Jack Straw, they just get this thing going!
Reviewer: oydave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2016
Subject: Top shelf
I was there. My fourth show if I got it right. Not only is this in the top 10 shows that I saw, it is a top shelf tape as well. There was a great band meeting a ways into the second set where they planned out the rest of the set. Great stuff.
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2016
Subject: Heart of Gold band
Considering this is the only recording of this show and a nice board to boot, surprised this hasn't gotten more traffic.

I have been slack on reviews.
How many variations of wow
and freaking wow can one post?

This is great tune selection here.
1st set was mighty fine at Passenger
but they press on for a Scarlet >Fire.
To me the song does not really get going
until the transition into FIRE
but once they get going --wow!
There is some very cool scatting during Fire,
me thinks it is Donna Jean
right at the same uptempo as the band,
the effect is like getting run over by a rogue wave.

Set two already well spoken for!
It is great to hear the band discussing the set list for the rest of the evening after B.E. Woman-- not so much a set list as a road map.

Lakeland, Fl in 1977 was pretty off the beaten path now it is a suburb of both Orlando and Tampa.
As for a summary of the music here in--freakin wow!!
Reviewer: joker13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2015
Subject: Soooo nice
This has easily become my favorite of spring 77. The only thing I can add to the reviews is that there is no need to cringe at the end of Scarlet as Donna's voice stays subtle and complimentary, that helps make this a perfect show.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2015
Subject: whipcracker
Is this the best Jack Straw to any one else?
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2014
Subject: Classic show with a monumental Scarlet>Fire and great 2nd set.
This is one of the best shows of May 1977, and contains some of the year's finest moments. The first set is strong, with nice versions of Bertha, Row Jimmy, and Passenger. But the standout is the transcendent Scarlet>Fire medley, that is a possible best of the year performance. The transition in particular is total magic: note perfect and smooth as smooth can be, while at the same time maintaining an amazing sense of flow and buildup, like only the finest improvisations can.

The giant second set medley is spectacular as well, particularly the jam out of He's Gone (rarely jammed out during this time) which has a very Other One-ish feel before segueing into the song proper. The Other One is very spirited leading up to the verses, rivaling the intensity of the version from 5/18. After that we get another fine 1977 performance of Comes A Time, followed by strong versions of St. Stephen and NFA to cap off this excellent set.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2013
Subject: DP29
This one, IMHO, could very well be the crown jewel of May '77. This one is ***major league***, kids, and you'll be picking your jaw up off the floor when its three hours are finished.

I think this Comes a Time ranks up there with Cornell's 'drop' into Fire from Scarlet as one of the most sublime moments of the tour. The band did ABSOLUTELY RIGHT in releasing this show officially - DP29 isn't one to pass up. Even though Bobby asks the crowd for a christening, luck's got nothin' to do with it....
Reviewer: TMAN719 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2013
Subject: Dicks Picks
This was released on DP 29 as well LikeWeir. It's 6 discs.
Reviewer: LikeWeir - - April 27, 2013
Subject: Not DP 29
It says that this show was commercially released as Dick`s Picks 29, but that was the Atlanta show, not Lakeland.
Reviewer: jdools - - May 17, 2011
Subject: first show
I think this was my first show and I still have the ticket stub, but it says 5-15-17. Anyone know if this show was postponed?
Anyway, I was hooked for life.
Reviewer: klebb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2010
Subject: maybe best brown eye!
my buddy gave me a crisp betty-board tape of this set back in '91. i've never heard a better rockin brown eyed women. since its the only tape deck i have now,i always listen to it driving and i always catch myself speeding when i hear that version. I simply cant pick the best spring '77 show. its like they were all one big show. but this is one of the tops for brown eyed
Reviewer: Creampuffwar66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 26, 2009
Subject: Incredible show
Why this is never mentioned as one of the best of the year is beyond me. Every song is played to perfection. Pulp79 is right about the Bertha solo; there is no equal. And the TLEO is without question the greatest version of all-time. Jerry and Keith's mid-song solos are absolutely beautiful. I probably play the first set as much or more than the second. I can't even pick highlights, just make sure you listen straight through. You won't be sorry.

After such a killer first set, you may be worried that it's all downhill from here. It's not. Amazing He's Gone, Other One, and the most gut-wrenching version of Comes A Time I've ever heard. Jerry just pours his heart out here, through his guitar and his voice. Jerry's 4-minute solo near the end is one of the most unbelievable, haunting pieces of music I've ever heard. Seriously, this is one of Jerry's peak performances; the entire show is for that matter.

GET THIS however you can. Buy it, or go to and get this version, which is pretty much the same quality as DP #29. I'm sure you'll agree that it's one of the very best.
Reviewer: jstlkwlfmnjack - - May 21, 2009
Subject: yo nigeldavahah
could you email that to me? :) :) :)
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2009
Subject: grate show !!!!!!!
I got the download before boards left the archive ............
Reviewer: pulp79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2009
Subject: Best show of '77...
imo. The list of songs that are top 3 for the year is just rediculous: Bertha, Me & My Uncle, TLEO, Jack A Roe, Tennessee Jed, Row Jimmy, Brown Eyed Women, Scarlet>Fire, He's Gone, Other One, and Comes a Time, with Bertha being my absolute favorite version of all-time. Everyone I play it for agrees. Jerry's mid-song solo is absolutely perfect. Row Jimmy here destroys 5/8/77 IMO. Jerry's playing drips like honey throughout. One of the few great shows where the first set is every bit as good as the second. Scarlet has a killer, rocking Jerry solo, along with one of the most tripped-out segways into Fire, which is also stellar. The band interplay is amazing the whole show. The second set features a tight post-He's Gone jam, followed by one of the best and most adventurous post-'74 Other One's, into THE definitive version of Comes A Time.

I never tire of this show. I've worn out my Dicks Picks 29 and my old-ass "dead hour" tape listening to this one. This show doesn't really get the glory of the one preceeding and the one following it, but I think this has alot to do with the fact that there weren't many good-quality tapes of this show floating around back in the day, unlike those other two. But trust me, this is one of the great ones!
Reviewer: Norman Clegg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2009
Subject: Here's the Real Goods, y'all....!!
There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to allow me to fully articulate the greatness of this show.....and I'm not even sure where to begin my review. Perhaps I'll keep this brief by simply stating that it was an EXTREMELY wise choice for the Dick's Picks series and is a real contender for the Best Show Of 1977......which is saying ALOT. As a whole, in my humble opinion, it leaves the Cornell show in the proverbial (magic) dust.....

This show, along with

07May Boston
09May Buffalo
17May Tuscaloosa (WOW!!)
19May Atlanta - and -
29Oct DeKalb

round out my choices for Best All-Around Shows Of 1977. Not discounting the brilliance of, say, 1969 or 1972, May 1977 was, IMHO, the month that the band reached the ULTIMATE peak in it's 30-year journey.....the month in which (as I read it here on the Archive described as) "weeping angels were hovering over the stage". Amen.

I'm just now realizing that perhaps I've gotten myself in over my head in attempting to review this supreme show. I could write a review hundreds of words long.....but I won't; I'll beg off that task and just mention a couple of highlights:

"They Love Each Other" is my all-time favorite, bar none......and I'm a TLEO junkie! Everything is "just exactly perfect" in this version; in 25 years of tape trading and thousands of hours listening, I've found no other to match it. Additionally, this show features my pick for the All-Time Champion "Scarlet Begonias". The band is beyond the farthest galaxy on this one, everything in complete synch, with the absolute PERFECT "roll-and-jump" tempo.....and Garcia at the EXTREME peak of his powers!!!

For God's sake, if you haven't heard this show, it should be at the top of your Must-Hear list!!!

Anyone out there have a hi-quality AUD tape?!? I'd love to hear it.....!!
Reviewer: jfk62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2006
Subject: Another Amazing May Show
Another excellent show from May '77. It's amazing how they were able to keep up the pace of one fine show after the other. Wonderful performances of the current crop of songs - not necessarily any "best ever" versions, but consistently good. Excellent sound quality in the recording. I don't remember where I downloaded the SBD - or deadboots?
Reviewer: darkstarpat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2005
Subject: Recording has a downloadable version of this. Pretty good quality too.
The highlight for me is the Jam out of He's Gone.
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